The Elephant's Debt Legal Defense
$14,775 of $35,000 goal
In October 2018, Pastor James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel elected to file a lawsuit against the authors of The Elephant's Debt, against the authors' respective wives, and against a journalist by the name of Julie Roys. The lawsuit stems from online commentary provided by the authors at the website www.theelephantsdebt.com.
As this case winds its way through the system, the authors and their wives are going to incur ongoing legal costs that are needed to defend their case in Cook County, IL. These legal costs include everything from filing motions to issuing subpoenas, to taking depositions, and preparing for trial.
Furthermore, as the legal costs accrue, funds will be withdrawn on an as needed basis, and they will be distributed between Ryan Mahoney and Scott Bryant as the need dictates.
If you would like to financially support the authors and their wives, you may do so through this Go Fund Me campaign.
In the future, should additional funding be required, we will launch other small campaigns like this to pay the bills as they accrue. This is our way of trying not to raise too much money on the front end.
Finally, when the case reaches its conclusion, any money that was given by donors in excess of our legal fees and other related expenses will be returned to donors on a proportional basis.
We thank you for standing with us in this season.
Scott Bryant and Ryan Mahoney
We wanted to update you on the status of your donations. As we speak, we are negotiating with Harvest Bible Chapel. And at the risk of boring you with the overly complex details, let me just say that this could take some significant time. If it happens, it will happen by the close of 2019. But please do not make the mistake of thinking that we have forgotten about our promise to repay you. We are working hard to try to make that happen.
Scott and Sarah Bryant
Please allow us to begin by offering our sincerest thanks for all that you have given to this campaign in the last two months. The outpouring of support in the form of both monetary gifts and notes of encouragement have meant the world to us.
Sadly, we must report that James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel continue forward in their efforts to sue the authors of The Elephant's Debt, their wives and Julie Roys, an independent journalist. While we would all long for them to drop this lawsuit before it does even more damage to the Church at large, they do not appear inclined to do so at the moment. And thus, we must continue forward in this process.
Sometime later this spring (most likely in March of 2019), the case brought by MacDonald and Harvest will go before the judge, who will listen to our three individual motions to dismiss the complaint.
At the same time, during this season, we will begin to incur additional costs as we fight with the Bryant's insurance company in the hopes that they will provide an attorney to cover the legal defense. If the Bryants are successful in winning this case, it *could* mitigate the need to continue to raise support in the future. So we would ask that you continue to pray with us for both of these pending issues.
With inexpressible gratitude,
Scott Bryant and Ryan Mahoney